What to do on Christmas Day?
I badgered my family our family decided to visit the local zoo – the Emirates Park Zoo.
Surprisingly, even the adults had a really good time based on the lively conversation we had in the car on our way back home. The hot topic was the peculiar animals and even the common ones that stood out and those that we saw for the first time.
What a cute sheep!!! Or so I thought before I took a closer look into this goat’s name (which by the way I did not bother to take a photo of). As you can see, she has a white hair coat, short in length and is distinctively curly. Her drooping ears however are uniquely hairless. Her horns are curved downwards. She looks very much endearing, cute and friendly. As in other goats, she also feeds on grass which made the toddlers race in feeding her.
She caught my attention because of her extremely expressive eyes. I could not decide though if she was sad about something or she was just in deep thought as she stretched her neck out of the little opening.
3…Brown haired (w/ white spots) goat
Look at them! They look like sisters and the younger one is so adorable. Pabebe as they might appear, these two are enthusiastic bunches upon seeing kids trying to feed them. They too are very friendly and seem to be friends towards each other and have a very childlike attitude towards visitors.
4.. Black & white goats
These two are unforgettable for me because I saw them hitting each other as they competed for the grasses being fed to them. One of the caretaker guys saw their petty quarrel and exclaimed “Hey guys, guys, stop fighting!” as he moderately banged the cage to pick their attention. I also recall him being goodlooking. 😉
I think she deserves a meme! Look at that facial expression – can’t miss that side sharp look she is throwing at me as I quickly snap a photo of her. This monkey is quite a snob but her unique personality amused me. Her model pose made me feel she enjoyed having her photo taken.
Not shown here was another monkey that I saw. She was alone in her cage and noticeably upset. After walking away from the cage front, I observed that her back (was it her genitals, I’m not really sure) was bleeding and there were little drops. My family noticed it too and we felt sad but did not know what to do. 🙁
Growing up in a rural community, chickens were such a common sight that nobody in our place would ever think of them being zoo-worthy. Thus seeing them was a special treat for me. The ones we saw have very peculiar genetic traits like this one that has white feathers. Chickens I know in my life (like the ones my father grows in our frontyard) have a combination of black and red feathers.
As much as I could, I tried to take a close up photo but she just won’t badge to my beckoning. It was my first time to see this kind of celebrity chick with its special trait so I wanted to examine it more. “Crrrrrrrrk” I squeaked a number of times but to no avail. Thankfully there were no other visitors near me that time so that wasn’t so embarrassing being snobbed by a peculiar chicken. She was so busy checking out the ground for random food that she totally ignored me.
They just wouldn’t move. Not even batting a single eye. They piled one over the other and the little crocs underneath did not seem to mind. I passed them not twice but thrice and nobody dared to move. What’s their deal? I don’t know. But they all sure look photogenic and ultimate winners for the mannequin challenge – crocs edition.
In conclusion, the Emirates Park Zoo has an extensive collection of animals from petting animals like goats, camels and giraffe to sea creatures, flamingos, primates, reptiles and wildlife predators. The big ones like giraffe, elephant, lions and tigers are the real crowd-drawers (they just did not stand out to me though). My fears for the upset animals were kind of relieved after I saw an inscription on a wall about CITES. CITES, which stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. If I remember it correctly, the writings on the wall reassured the patrons that the animals were taken cared of and protected.
It was a real treat for kids and adults alike and in my opinion, the entrance fee was very much worth it. A budget of 2.5 hours is enough to cover the whole zoo while interacting with the animals.
My zoo friends and I send you our most joyous holiday cheer!
Merry Christmas everyone! ♥♥♥
Here’s a separate post which you may find helpful if you plan to visit Emirates Park Zoo.